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Summer Camp Open House at The Connection Set for Jan. 22


Choosing a camp is an important decision for families to make, but it doesn’t need to be a difficult one. To help make the decision easier, The Connection is offering a Summer Camp Open House on Sunday, January 22 from 1:30-3:30pm to introduce their exciting changes for summer 2017. Stop by and let the kids experience the “Camp Sampler” including camp activities, free swim (2-3:30pm) and face painting. There will be plenty of fun for kids, lots of information for parents, free giveaways, and a “sign up early and save” option.

New for 2017, The Connection is offering a half or full day camp option for 3 year olds. The “Guppies” have a room of their own with activities such as art, swim lessons, gym and STEAM specially designed for their age. They will be able to try new things, develop cause and effect skills and stimulate their curious minds, led by an experienced State Certified Early Childhood Teacher.

Also new for 2017, the Theater Camp has added an option for children ages 9+.  As part of the “Stars On Stage” camp (a 2-week theater camp where participants learn and perform a show), more experienced campers will prepare for the performance through advanced singing, dancing, and acting rotations in the new “Rising Stars” camp.  “Backstage Pass” camp will also be offered again this year for campers who love to be creative through art and design- campers will design and create sets, costumes, props, staging and more for the “Stars on Stage” performance! Shows for 2017 include: Beauty and the Beast, Shrek, Aladdin and School of Rock.

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The gymnastics program has added an “Elite+ Gym Camp” for girls ages 8+ with prior gymnastics experience, and 3 weeks of the popular “Jr. Warrior” Gym Camp for boys and girls ages 4-7, in addition to their traditional Jr. Girls Gym Camp. 

In addition to their theater and gym camps, The Connection is now offering specialty afternoon camps including: Nature, STEAM, Art, Fashion, Sports and Cooking. There are now 19 different camps to choose from to ensure each camper is spending their summer doing something they love.

This summer The Connection’s Travel Camp will be extended to 3 weeks and include trips for a variety of ages. Trips include: “Bubble Ball” at SuperDome Sports, iFly Indoor Skydiving, Mountain Creek Waterpark, a Studio Tour at NBC, Sky Zone, Six Flags/feeding giraffes, “The Ride” in NYC and more!
Looking to extend the summer? The Connection will be adding a new week 9! Week 9 camps include SummerFun (coed ages 4+), Guppies (coed ages 3+), Dance Intensive workshops for performers looking to brush up on their technique(ages 5-8 and 8+), Elite Gym Camp (girls ages 8+), Jr. Warrior (coed ages 4-7), a sports camp (coed ages 4+), a STEAM camp (coed ages 4+), and a travel camp (grades 7+).

As a special offer, Open House participants who take advantage of early camp registration will receive credit to use towards future classes at The Connection. Sign up for 2-4 weeks of camp and receive a $50 credit or sign up for 5-9 weeks of camp and receive a $100 credit. Open House participants will also be able to take advantage of the new Early Bird Pricing. Sign up before April 1st and save up to $50/week per child.

The Connection is excited to announce their Summer Camps have received ACA (American Camp Association) Accreditation. By selecting an ACA Accredited camp, parents ensure their camp meets industry-accepted and government-recognized standards for health, safety and camp quality…and of course fun! The Connection is honored to be a part of this wonderful program.

For more information about the Summer Camp Open House and other upcoming events at The Connection visit:, call: 908-273-4242 or stop by 79 Maple Street in Summit.  

The Connection is a non-profit, human service organization providing a variety of programs and activities open to everyone in the community regardless of physical ability or economic circumstance. To find out more about our financial assistance program or how you can help us help others with a donation, visit

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OLP Presents 'Screenagers' a Documentary on Growning Up in the Digital Age

March 18, 2018

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